To the Valley News:
I was out mowing my lawn tonight, and I started thinking about Dennis Aubin. Betsy and I moved back to Elizabethtown in 2000, after my father Dick Austin passed away in 1999.
I grew up here, but I really had little awareness of how the town functioned. One of the first people I contacted was Dennis, because we had to have the water meter put in for the summer. I immediately felt more at ease, because Dennis was both so polite and so professional in his manner—thinking, if everyone we need to deal with comes up to his level, things are going to work out alright!
Everything that affected my awareness of Dennis over the ensuing years always supported my initial impression. Some say it is the little things that count. I think that is because everyone knows that they are required to do the bigger things right.
But, when you show you care with the little things, the person on the receiving end knows you are really sincere.
Dennis was sincere. That is the way I remember him.
Don Austin, Elizabethtown